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October 1,2013

Yesterday was my birthday. I am now 60 years old. I never thought that I would make it to age 20 and now I am an old man. No doubt many of you will argue the age thing as being “old,” but when you almost died at the age of 19, 60 is “old.” It has been a long, hard life and I can still see many more good years ahead. As I look back over the years, I can honestly say that I have never been mean nor hateful to anyone. I have always dealt the hardships with a fair and gentle hand. I may not be a rich man, but I have been able to help many others survive and even made a few rich in the process. All my basic needs are met and even have enough to add a blessing or two to my own life. There are many friends that I have encountered and very few enemies. All in all I can say it has been a good life. I thank God mightily every day for allowing me to learn and grow over the years and pray that I may live the rest of my life in the joy and comfort of knowing that I have done the best that I know how to do. I have never forced anyone to think the way I think, or do what I believe they ought to do and I won’t allow anyone to do so unto me regardless of what they believe are “good intensions.” Even with such violations I can be very forgiving if I believe they have asked for it from their heart and can only hope that they can forgive my shortcomings as well. I know and realize that I am in no sense of the word “perfect” and can miss the mark on many things. My grasp on reality is tainted and can be very unreal in my assessments with others, which allows me to be forgiving of others when I believe they have violated my trust.

Today I start a new beginning in my life and hope that I will become a better person as I walk down this road called “life.” I am very thankful that I can share that life with each of you and hope and pray that I can live up to the standards set forth in God’s Word for my life. But that’s between me and God and I alone will answer to Him when the time comes. I need not be concern with your salvation nor you with mine for we will all give an answer of our own lives when the time comes. Make up your own minds which path to follow.


  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsy11 months ago

    Very well said and hope you have many more Birthdays ahead of you.
    I am 74 and still trying to be a better person and my walk with God is a blessing to me.
    Happy Birthday.

  • Many thanks dear Bootie. What more can be expected then to do what we can to better our lives. God bless!!

    – JRGarland

  • twistwashere
    twistwashere11 months ago

    Happy Burfday Jr , wowow 60 , not that far away for me either . It is a fine time , the finest , in aperson’s life when they great the point of acceptance for what is , congratualtions , many thanks for the share and highlight , may you have many more rewarding moments to come , much love and respect twist

  • Many thanks Twist. I truly do appreciate you.

    – JRGarland

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jackson11 months ago

    HAPPY 60TH and many more to come, I love what you have written. I hope your “beginning” will be a fruitful and happy one, we can only try our best, no point in being mean or nasty to others, doesn’t do anyone any good. I love to give, gives me pleasure to see people happy, to put a smile on someone’s face is enough for me, I’ve been told by my son that I’d make a good counsellor, I’m pretty good at helping with advice when asked, but not so good in giving it to myself lol…..As humans we need to get closer to one another, especially our families, after all, people are what makes the world go around.

    You sound like a wonderful caring man and I hope that you stay well and safe, funny, when I was a kid 60 was sooo old, now I’m 65 and I don’t feel ‘old’, only my body does…… Take care and thank you for sharing your birthday with us. love and Hugs coming your way… xox

  • Many thanks Josie. Sounds like you have it together yourself. Isn’t life great?

    – JRGarland

  • twistwashere
    twistwashere11 months ago

    crikies , greet , but always great ,

  • LOL I just caught that. Must be morning. LOL

    – JRGarland

  • Cat Perkinton
    Cat Perkinton11 months ago

    beautifully said as always, you have a rare wisdom and serenity.

    Happy Birthday JR, wishing you many more of them, each happier than the last.
    Cat x

  • Many thanks dear Cat.

    – JRGarland

  • trish725
    trish72511 months ago

    Happy Birthday, JR. Wishing you a fantastic year ahead x

  • Many thanks Trish. You are the best!!

    – JRGarland

  • Rocky Loder
    Rocky Loder11 months ago

    Well said JR…Happy Birthday…

  • Many thanks Rocky.

    – JRGarland

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalyn11 months ago

    Dear John what beautiful your words. I am very glad that you re feeling so good about yourself and with God. I feel like you.
    I embrace you tightly, I love you

  • I love you too, sweetheart. Many thanks my precious friend.

    – JRGarland

  • Donna19
    Donna1911 months ago

    Happy Birthday friend! This is a lovely way to begin again. What determination and caring you have. I wish for you the best life has to offer you this second half. With your attitude it will be even better:)

  • Wow, many thanks my precious friend. How can I go wrong?

    – JRGarland

  • Ellanita
    Ellanita11 months ago

    Happy Birthday JR and many blessings.
    You are an amazing man with a heart of stardust that falls on all of us who have had the privilege to know you here on RB.
    I can so relate to what you are feeling as I too am grateful for the life I have lived up to now and still want to grow and be the best I can be and share the gifts life has endowed me with…thank you for sharing this. All the best for your new and continuing journey…love and joy…

  • Isn’t life grand? Many thanks dear Ellanita.

    – JRGarland